The timber may be certified: but is it sustainable?

CIFOR POLEX screenshotManuel Guariguata, leader of CIFOR's research theme Sustainably managing tropical production forests, writes this month's POLEX looking at a new study by CIFOR scientist Paolo Cerutti and colleagues that argues that the capacity of a forest to produce the most valuable timber over the long term—that is, sustainably—can be compromised even when certification schemes have been put in place.

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Once upon a time in a bureaucracy

Why I am woman at the table? Director General Frances Seymour blogs this month about the importance of internal institutional incentives for implementing innovations to improve forest management. She tells a story of how perverse incentives faced by field workers undermined a promising community-based conservation initiative. "Today, one of my greatest challenges in leading an international research center is to figure out how to translate our lofty externally-oriented commitments – such as ensuring that all of CIFOR's research is aligned with clear impact pathways, and takes into account the different needs of men and women – into prosaic day-to-day planning, budgeting, and reporting disciplines to ensure that those commitments are met. What is the appropriate mix of carrots and sticks?"

CIFOR Annual Report
Focus on forests: Time to act

Redd News Update: Indonesia "This is a great time to be working on issues related to forests. There is almost a 'perfect storm' of international attention, finance and political will—and if we can harness it, there is, for the first time in my lifetime, an opportunity to make a sea change in how forests are managed around the world," writes CIFOR Director General Frances Seymour in CIFOR's newly released 2010 Annual Report. Just as 2010 was a banner year for forests, it was an excellent 12 months for CIFOR, adds Chair of the Board Prof. M. Hosny El Lakany. Read the Annual Report, which includes eight stories outlining impacts of CIFOR's work globally.

Can't see the wood for the trees? Look again at the Congo Basin

What it is take CIFOR scientist Verina Ingram blogs that the idiom denoting that too much attention is paid to detail, losing the big picture, can well be applied to the Congo Basin. Export products, such as timber, dominate any superficial glance at the forests of the Congo Basin. Recent studies however argue that there is more to the forest – in this case of the 2nd largest tropical forest in the world – than just its trees as export products. A spate of recent publications highlight that there are massive hidden economies, mainly for domestic and regional consumption- that are largely hidden or ignored.

REDD+ over lunch in Jakarta

A guide to learning about livelihood impacts of REDD+ More than 80 business executives, ambassadors, top development and climate experts and government leaders attended a CIFOR-hosted lunch held on the sidelines of the B4E, Business for Environment Conference in late April in Jakarta. Read blog stories from the event and watch videos of leading speeches:

Journalists visit mangroves to learn about REDD+ and climate change

Forest Day 4 Seventeen Indonesian journalists attended a media-training workshop in Bali on the importance of wetlands for both climate change mitigation and adaptation. It also followed the release of new research that shows that mangroves store exceptionally more carbon than most tropical forests, but they are being destroyed from coastlines at a rapid rate causing significant emissions of greenhouse gases. More than 30 articles were published on the topic in Indonesian and international media following the workshop. Watch a video of the media workshop and read a blog story.

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